Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 17

Goal Seventeen: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development Goal 17, the last of the sustainable development goals, focuses on the key areas to be addressed in order to ensure that the SDGs are implemented, highlighting the essential role of partnerships in this process. In recognition of the need for … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 17

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 16

Goal Sixteen: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels This goal, with a focus on governance, was not included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the preceding form of the SDGs. It is of particular importance for Africa … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 16

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 15

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt Biodiversity loss   The sustainable management of forests has faced various challenges in developing countries. Targets under this goal include the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems and the sustainable management of forests, important … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 15

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 14

  Goal Fourteen: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development   This goal focuses on various aspects of coastal and marine health, including sustainable fishing, pollution, and tourism. This is another goal which expands the depth of the SDGs beyond that of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which focused very broadly on environmental … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 14

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 13

  Goal Thirteen: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts* * Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change   The inclusion of SDG Thirteen on climate change was anticipated, however it is limited in its scope to … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 13

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 12

  Goal Twelve: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns   SDG Twelve calls upon everyone from individuals to large international corporations to make more responsible decisions about their consumption and production to align both with a pattern of sustainability. Target 12.3 is of particular interest as it focuses on the reduction of food waste and loss, which currently … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 12

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 11

  Goal Eleven: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable   SDG Eleven accounts for the increasing size of the global urban population with an emphasis on sustainability in cities, but maintains breadth by also recognizing the importance of human settlements in general. According to the World Bank, 37% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa live in urban … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 11

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 10

Goal Ten: Reduce inequality within and among countries This goal represents a key difference between the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as it is targeted at equality for populations within countries, as well as between different countries globally rather than just looking at aggregate measurements of progress towards each of … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 10

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 9

Goal Nine: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation SDG Nine focuses on the physical elements that surround the global population, which are integral in achieving sustainable development, but can be forgotten when weighed against issues such as healthcare and poverty. This goal emphasizes not only the most commonly thought of … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 9

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 8

Goal Eight: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all Goal Eight, like Goal Seven, also does not stem directly from the Millennium Development Goals, with its emphasis on the economies of countries rather than some of the social indicators referenced in other goals. Part of this … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 8